As someone always late to the Book Hype party by several years, it is surprising that I finally read this book within a year and half of its publication date. Amazon advertisements on my browser have been shoving this book in my face for ages and bloggers have been reviewing it left and right. I finally borrowed it from my library 3 days back.
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
This book starts off at a brisk pace. You have the protagonist Rachel who takes the 8.04 every morning. During transit, she makes up stories of other people she encounters during the journey. Now, we’ve all done that, haven’t we? Until there’s a change in her routine because of something she’s seen out her compartment window.
Rachel was portrayed excellently. Her drinking problem is handled neatly. There’s no light bulb moment where she suddenly decides to stop drinking. She has her ups and downs. It is a work in progress and it made her character seem more real. The reader can some times sympathize with Rachel too.
There is no information overload in this book. Everything is slowly revealed over the course of development of the story. As the story develops, you can’t help but judge some of the characters and their actions. This is one of those books were you absolutely hate most of the characters but you keep on reading because the plot is SO good.
The writing is a little off at places. Visual descriptions weren’t that agreeable for me. How do you “aggressively drink a glass of water”? HOW? But the story is gripping and the writing seems forgivable then.
The book is very plot driven and fast paced. It is an engrossing read and is pretty unpredictable in the beginning. It is when I reached the halfway mark that the troubles began. I don’t know if it is because of me having read too many thrillers but it was just very easy to guess who the antagonist was and the motive too. I was hoping that my assumptions wouldn’t be right, that it will all be tied up neatly and surprisingly, but it ended up being exactly like I thought it would.
There is an airtight plot with which so much could have been done but the ending seemed too regular. It seemed like just another basic thriller. In the last 20 pages, the convictions just aren’t strong enough. A book which I was not able to put down until then became too plain and boring because of the ending. The book just didn’t realize the potential that it had with that great a plot.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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